Last Call for CWC Officer Nominees!

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Today is the last day to nominate new leaders for the 2014-2015 year!

Have you made a nomination yet? You can even nominate yourself, of course! Leadership requires time and dedication, but you will grow as a writer, and you will get plenty of support.

Please send nominations to Nazreen Kadir.

 Elections will be held on June 28th.

1.     President – Chair of Executive Committee

2.     Vice-President – Chair of Public Relations Committee

3.     Treasurer – Chair of Finance Committee

4.     Secretary – member of Executive Committee

“All officers are responsible for setting a tone of engagement and for encouraging a harmonious and collaborative operation, both in meetings and associated communication.”  (CWC-BB Policy and Procedures)

A message from Nazreen, who has volunteered to manage the election: “Every writer wishes to focus on his/her writing. However, the future of the Berkeley Branch should be of interest to all members. Our board is dearly in need of what they call, in the business, “fresh blood.” Every member should serve on at least one committee. Newer members have an opportunity to serve with and learn from those who have served before and are willing to mentor and pass the baton.”

More Information about the Club and Leadership Positions can be found here.

5th Grade Story Contest Winners Announced!

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The Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club congratulates the writers and their teachers for the hard work, creativity, and excellence expressed in the prize-winning short stories.

We invite the fifth-grade students, their families, teachers, and friends to celebrate at an awards ceremony, where all winners will be awarded certificates, and the following prizes will be handed out:

 1st Place will receive $100
2nd Place will receive $75
3rd Place will receive $50
Seven 4th-Place winners will receive $20
The teacher of the 1st-place winner will receive $50

 Students will be invited to read aloud their prize-winning stories before the prizes are awarded. Refreshments will be served.

When: 2:00 to 4:00, Sunday, June 15

Where: Bradley C. Walters Community Room, Oakland Public Library 125 14th Street (wheelchair accessible)

 CWC-BB 5th Grade Story Contest Prize-winners 

(Listed in order of date received)

“Living Under a Secret” by Kiana T.

Teacher: Ann Clark

School: Burton Valley, Lafayette

 

“Annabelle’s Story” by Tree P.

Teacher: Tammy Gaylord

School: Burton Valley, Lafayette

 

“Memory or Not” by Noemi R.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“Only Three Words” by Mira K.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“The Note” by Charlie J.

Teacher: Lindsay Zika

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“First Day” by Jasmine R.

Teacher: Shaun Fuller

School: Kennedy, Newark

 

“Fair Weather Friends” by Maya Jane S.

Teacher: Ben Ladue

School: Head-Royce, Oakland

 

“The Bully” by Sophie C.

Teacher: Gray Buetzow

School: Twin Creeks, San Ramon

 

“The Night Before Halloween” by Clementine B.

Teachers: Nicole Mills & Eric Hooper

School: St. Paul’s Episcopal, Oakland

 

“The White Owl Takes Flight” by Sydney R.

Teacher: Will Green

School: Bentley, Oakland

This Saturday May 17th – WRITING IN THE PARK!

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Join the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park to celebrate their fifth annual meeting, and stay for a CWC writerly event, Writing in the Park.

Learn about the CWC’s role in creating the Park, especially the Woodminister area, which includes the California Writers Memorial Grove.

Local historian and former CWC member Dennis Evanosky will speak on “The Great Redwood Grab.”

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Where: Joaquin Miller Park
Baywood Picnic Area in the Meadow
Above Highway 13 off of Joaquin Miller Road Internet Directions: 3590 Sanborn Drive

When: Saturday, May 17
Following the Friends of Joaquin Miller Park annual meeting

  • Annual meeting starts at 11:00 am.
  • Potluck picnic and walk follows
  • CWC writing event will likely start about 1:00 pm.

Why: Joaquin Miller Park is the birthplace of the CWC! Win a prize for your story about the Park

Cost: Free. Donations are always appreciated.
Who: Anyone who appreciates Joaquin Miller Park and/or loves to write. To attend, membership is not required.

Learn more and see flyer with map at http://www.fojmp.org and http://www.cwc-berkeley.org

RSVP to Linda Brown at BrownCalifornia@aol.com or 510-530-1261

NOTE: 

While the Baywood Picnic Area is ADA accessible, the City plans to close the gates at the end of the FoJMP meeting. If CWC members cannot walk the 0.1 mile up to the parking lot at the Ranger Station, let Linda know. We will hold the writerly event at the Ranger Station instead of the Meadow.

“Insider Tips for Navigating the Publishing Process” with Brenda Knight — May 18th, 2014

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From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple.

Twenty-two-year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New York Times best sellers. One of the great joys in my life is to help authors get their work into print and published successfully,” says Knight.

Brenda Knight started her career at HarperCollins, where she fell in love with publishing. Today she is the publisher of Cleis Press and founder and publisher of Viva Editions, an imprint of Cleis Press.

Knight is also the author of Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award, and The Grateful Table: Blessing, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal.

Click here for information about location and time.

Save the Date! Our Annual Picnic is Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Watch for your invite to the CWC Statewide picnic in July! This wonderful tradition brings writers from all over California to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories.

Pick something you’d like to read to the group, and start your dreaming and scheming for our celebrated LitCake contest, too… some talented decorator will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award!

When:  Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.

What else?

  • Bring a dish to share
  • Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments provided by the CWC
  • Watch for info about the Open Mic

Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261

Add the event to your Google Calendar!  

The Coveted Golden Fork Award

The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)

APRIL SPEAKERS — “An Atomic Love Story” with Streshinsky and Klaus — Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Robert Oppenheimer was the man most responsible for the remarkable scientific development of the atomic bomb, which significantly shortened the Second World War. An Atomic Love Story is the story of the three extraordinary women in his life who helped shape the man. He loved each with a loyalty that lasted all his life, and each loved him.

Superbly researched through a rich collection of first hand accounts, this intimate portrait shares the tragedies, betrayals and romances of an alluring man and three bold women. It reveals how they pushed to the very forefront of social and cultural changes in a fascinating, volatile era.

Shirley Streshinsky is the critically acclaimed author of three works of nonfiction and four historical novels.

Patricia Klaus received her Ph.D. in Modern British History from Stanford where she specialized in women’s studies. 

Click here for details about location and time.

The April Write Angles Is Here!

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Below is the April 2014 issue of Write Angles.

 

Inside you’ll find information about our upcoming speakers, thank-yous to three special volunteers, meeting highlights from NorCal and the Central Board, details on many events around the Bay Area, and a question to answer: what is the best book you’ve read in the last few years?

Enjoy!

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